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Il-Kummissjoni Nazzjonali għall-Edukazzjoni Avvanzata u Ogħla / Ċentru Malti għal Rikonoxximent ta’ Kwalifiki u ta’ Informazzjoni (Maltese Enic-Naric)
The National Commission for Further and Higher Education (NCFHE) / Malta Qualification Recognition Information Centre (MQRIC)


National Commission for Further and Higher Education
Malta Life Sciences Park
San Gwann, SGN 3000
Malta


Phone: +356 23810200
Fax: N/A
E-mail: qric.malta@gov.mt
Web Site: https://ncfhe.gov.mt/en/services/Pages/All%20Services/mqric.aspx
Contact person: Ms Edel Cassar, Chief Executive Officer

National education bodies

Ministeru tal-Edukazzjoni u Xogħol
Ministry of Education and Employment

The Ministry's Portfolio

Childcare and Early Education
Compulsory Education
Higher Education (including MCAST and tourism studies)
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System of education

Education System

Early childhood education and care in Malta is available for children from the age of three months up to two years and nine months at centres run by both the state and private entities. Children between the ages of two years and nine months and five years attend Kindergarten centres which are operated by the state, Church and Independent Schools.


Compulsory education runs from the ages of 5 to 16 years, and consists of two stages: primary education (from the age of 5 to 11 and including two cycles - early and junior years) and secondary education (from 11 to 16 years of age). All secondary schools provide educational courses that are general in nature. However, students can opt to study one vocational subject in the last three years of secondary school. Independent schools represent the private sector of education. The curricula for state, Church and Independent schools have to fulfil the requirements of the National Curriculum Framework (NCF).


Following compulsory education students can either choose to follow an academic or a vocational education path. General education, known as sixth form, is provided by G.F. Abela Junior College within the University of Malta, Giovanni Curmi Higher Secondary by the state, and a number of Private institutions. Alternatively, the main VET providers in Malta are the Malta College of Arts, Science and Technology (MCAST) and the Institute of Tourism Studies (ITS). MCAST is the main state VET provider and includes a Foundation College, a Technical College and a University College. MCAST currently offers courses from Level 1 to Level 6 on the MQF. The second state VET provider is the Institute of Tourism Studies (ITS), which provides education and training in the tourism and hospitality sector. ITS provides courses from Level 2 to Level 5 on the MQF. There also exist a number of private VET providers offering Further and Higher education and training in a number of sectors such as ICT, care, hospitality, beauty etc. Although varying in size, private VET providers are increasing, catering for more than 12% of VET students and changing the scenario of education provision in Malta. 

University education

University of Malta

Tertiary education is provided mainly by the University of Malta. The University of Malta offers tertiary general education programmes ranging from pre-tertiary certificate level to doctoral level (Levels 4-8 on the MQF).

Private Education Institutions

Similarly, a number of private education institutions offer tertiary education programmes. A list of these programmes is available from here

Quality Assurance in Higher Education

National Commission for Further and Higher Educaiton

By virtue of Subsidiary Legislation 327.433, on Licensing, Accreditation and Quality Assurance, the National Commission for Further and Higher Education (NCFHE) is responsible licensing, accreditation and quality assurance for further and higher education institutions in Malta. These regulations endorse the 2012 European Regulations for Further and Higher Education, including the European Standards for Guidelines and Quality Assurance in the Higher Education Area and the European Quality Assurance Reference Framework for Vocational Education and Training (EQAVET).


The NCFHE has strengthened quality assurance in Malta through the establishment of the National Quality Assurance Framework for Further and Higher Education, which was launched in July 2015. Through this framework, the NCFHE supports accredited and prospective Further and Higher education institutions in Malta by providing guidance on areas which are considered important to ensure a quality assured learning environment in further and higher education. 


Post-secondary non-university education

Further and Higher Education Institutions

In accordance with Subsidiary Legislation 327.433 Licensing, Accreditation and Quality Assurance, NCFHE maintains a register of accredited further and higher educational institutions in Malta. Institutions on this list have gone through the accreditation process and can be considered as ‘licensed’ institutions. For more info click here.

Recognised higher education institutions

Further and Higher Education Institutions

In accordance with Subsidiary Legislation 327.433 Licensing, Accreditation and Quality Assurance, NCFHE maintains a register of accredited further and higher educational institutions in Malta. Institutions on this list have gone through the accreditation process and can be considered as ‘licensed’ institutions. For more info click here.

Policies and procedures for the recognition of qualifications

Malta Qualifications Recognition and Information Centre (MQRIC)

The Malta Qualifications Recognition and Information Centre (MQRIC) is the competent body within the National Commission for Further and Higher Education (NCFHE) that recognises qualifications against the Malta Qualifications Framework. It provides recognition and comparability of both academic and vocational qualifications, using both the Malta Qualifications Framework and the European Qualifications Framework (EQF) to provide recognition advice on both local and international qualifications. It also assists in the recognition of Maltese qualifications abroad. MQRIC is also the local official ENIC-NARIC centre in Malta and forms part of the ENIC-NARIC Network. 

Recognition of Qualifications held by Refugees

Qualifications Framework

Framework

Malta Qualifications Framework (MQF)

The Malta Qualifications Framework (MQF) assists in making the Maltese qualifications system easier to understand and review, and more transparent at a national and international level. The Malta Qualifications Framework is also a referencing tool that helps to describe and compare both national and foreign qualifications to promote quality, transparency and mobility of qualifications in all types of education. It is mainly referenced to the European Qualifications Framework (EQF) as well as to other non-European qualifications frameworks. 


Link(s): English

Self Evaluation Report

Referencing of the Malta Qualifications Framework (MQF) to the European Qualifications Framework (EQF) and the Qualifications Framework of the European Higher Education Area (QF/EHEA)

The Referencing Report is Malta’s national document which describes the Malta Qualifications Framework (MQF) and the different levels of qualifications in Malta. It provides details of the parameters which need to be respected by any national qualification conferred in Malta in terms of the level of learning outcomes and number of credits. This report also describes the referencing process of the Malta Qualifications Framework (MQF) to other meta-frameworks, mainly: the European Qualifications Framework (EQF); the Qualifi​​​cations Framework of the European Higher Education Area (QF/EHEA)​; and the Transnational Qualifications Framework of the Small States of the Commonwealth (TQF). 

Link(s): English

Diploma Supplement (DS) Information

Responsible organisation

The European Union Programmes Agency (EUPA)

European Union Programmes Agency

Continental Business Centre

Railway Road

Santa Venera SVR 9018


Phone: 2558 6130
Fax: 2558 6139
E-mail: eupa@gov.mt
Link: http://europass.eupa.org.mt/

Information on DS (legislation, template, chart, etc)

The European Union Programmes Agency (EUPA)
Link(s): English